It seems to me that parents who are accountants are able to fiddle the figures - I can't explain it otherwise, except to say that of the four girls I know to have large bursaries, three have accountant fathers. Oh, and one has an accountant father and a doctor mother. How do they convince the Bursar that they 'only' make under £35,000? Beats me.
I have no objection at all, nor does my son - to helping to pay fees for any very poor but bright girls who deserve this education, but I very much resent having to contribute to the bursaries of girls whose dads are bringing home in excess of £90,000!
I think you've answered your own question there Huntlie - what is it that accountants do? And schools very often accept tax returns as evidence of income - very unwise on their part. Do these people actually admit to having scammed these large bursaries, or is the school bursar as indiscreet as he/she is gullible?